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USDA - 1282 - Forestry Research Advisory Council - Statutory (Congress Created)


Committee NameForestry Research Advisory CouncilAgency NameDepartment of Agriculture
Fiscal Year2020Committee Number1282
Original Establishment Date10/10/1962Committee StatusChartered
Actual Termination Date Committee URL
New Committee This FYNoPresidential Appointments*No
Terminated This FYNoMax Number of Members*20
Current Charter Date12/3/2018Designated Fed Officer Position Title*Designated Federal Officer
Date Of Renewal Charter12/3/2020Designated Federal Officer Prefix
Projected Termination Date Designated Federal Officer First Name*Tracy
Exempt From Renewal*NoDesignated Federal Officer Middle NameC
Specific Termination AuthorityDesignated Federal Officer Last Name*Hancock
Establishment Authority*Statutory (Congress Created)Designated Federal Officer Suffix
Specific Establishment Authority*16 U.S.C. 582a-4Designated Federal Officer Phone*(202) 205-1724
Effective Date Of Authority*10/10/1962Designated Federal Officer Fax*(202) 401-1089
Exempt From EO 13875 Discretionary CmteNot ApplicableDesignated Federal Officer Email*
Committee Type*Continuing
Committee Function*National Policy Issue Advisory Board


Agency Recommendation*Continue
Legislation to Terminate RequiredNot Applicable
Legislation StatusNot Applicable
How does cmte accomplish its purpose?*The Forestry Research Advisory Council (FRAC) has a mandate to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with recommendations and advice on forestry research, funded by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) (formerly Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service) and by USDA's Forest Service (FS), in the context of emerging issues in the forest sector. The Council also has a mandate to serve as a forum for forestry research prioritizing and as a voice for forestry research needs and accomplishments to decision-makers influencing policy, programs, and budgets throughout the forest sector. The Council has addressed its mandated obligations this year by holding a general meeting to evaluate, assess, plan, network, and prepare a full report for the Secretary of Agriculture. The Council Chair made a follow-up visit to the Under Secretaries for Research, Education, and Economics and the Natural Resources and Environment.
How is membership balanced?*The Council is comprised of 20 voting members appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and drawn from Federal and state, university (school of forestry), forest industry, and non-governmental organizations. Members serve on the Advisory Council for 3 years, but may be reappointed for a total of up to 6 years to foster carryover of experience, to continue leadership responsibilities and to strengthen the Council's ability to advise.
How frequent & relevant are cmte mtgs?*The Council recommends that two, 2-day meetings take place annually to provide sufficient time for FRAC members to be fully informed and to develop sound and useful recommendations. The timing of the meetings is crucial to providing timely advice to the Secretary of Agriculture, particularly as related to budget. Meetings with such a diverse group of members are relevant in providing perspectives that permeate a broad range of forestry research priorities and coordinate USDA work with the forestry research programs in universities, industry, and other Federal and state agencies.
Why advice can't be obtained elsewhere?*The Council is the only entity which is authorized by law to provide the Secretary of Agriculture with recommendations and advice on forestry research. The increases in worldwide demand for wood, biofuel and fiber, coupled with increasing national and global concerns for the health of forest ecosystems, and increased numbers and magnitude of fires, is causing unprecedented conflicts over allocation, use, and management of the nation's federal forests. The Council discussed results from the recent review of the McIntire-Stennis Cooperative Forestry Research Program, which continues to be a highly leveraged and productive investment of public funds; and made recommendations to increase the number of forest-related stakeholders on USDA federal advisory committees including National Agriculture Research and Education, Extension, Economics Advisory board, Biomass Research and Development Technical Advisory Committee, and others. The Council also recommended strengthening USDA research investment in Forest Service R&D and strategic thinking about knowledge retention strategies, upcoming retirements, and workforce planning; exploring joint appointments with non-federal research institutions, and increase coordination between Experimental Forests and Ranges, universities, state and other research forests on designs of new data standards, access protocols, and information management systems to improve interoperability of data and leverage data collection efforts with others.
Why close or partially close meetings?All Council meetings are open to the public and are advertised at least 15 days in advance in the Federal Register.
Recommendation RemarksThe Council had no activity in FY2020 due to the lack of a quorum. FRAC is currently outreaching and will be submitting a nomination package in FY2021.


Outcome Improvement To Health Or Safety*YesAction Reorganize Priorities*Yes
Outcome Trust In GovernmentNoAction Reallocate ResourcesYes
Outcome Major Policy ChangesNoAction Issued New RegulationsNo
Outcome Advance In Scientific ResearchYesAction Proposed LegislationNo
Outcome Effective Grant MakingNoAction Approved Grants Or Other PaymentsNo
Outcome Improved Service DeliveryYesAction OtherNo
Outcome Increased Customer SatisfactionNoAction Comment
Outcome Implement Laws/Reg RequirementsNoGrants Review*No
Outcome OtherNoNumber Of Grants Reviewed0
Outcome CommentNumber Of Grants Recommended0
Cost Savings*Unable to DetermineDollar Value Of Grants Recommended$0.00
Cost Savings CommentThe Council did not make estimates on how much savings will be generated with resulting increase in efficiency and effectiveness of program management.Grants Review Comment
Number Of Recommendations*22Access Contact Designated Fed. Officer*Yes
Number Of Recommendations CommentSince the Committee was established in 1962, we do not have accurate information for total number recommendations to date: Total number of recommendations for the life of committee being reported now, starts with FY2014.Access Agency WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented*30.00%Access Committee WebsiteYes
% of Recs Fully Implemented Comment5 recommendations have been completed.Access GSA FACA WebsiteYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented*70.00%Access PublicationsYes
% of Recs Partially Implemented Comment17 or more recommendations are in progress.Access OtherNo
Agency Feedback*YesAccess Comment
Agency Feedback Comment*FS and NIFA representatives provide briefings on status of implementation at each FRAC meeting, and intermediate updates as appropriate.Narrative Description*The Council’s 2017 Report to the Secretary of Agriculture included recommendations Enhance USDA extramural and university research capacities in forestry. (1) The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) should utilize its higher education competitive grant programs to provide graduate student fellowships in forest science disciplines with critical shortages. (2) Funding for the McIntire-Stennis program be increased to $50 million per year to train a diverse cadre of scientists that will respond to expanding threats to the nation’s forests. (3) Amending the McIntire-Stennis legislation to include the 1994 land grant colleges should be a priority for the next Farm Bill. Expand Forest Service (USFS) Research and Development (R&D) capacity and funding: (4) Work with Congress to adopt alternative wildfire funding mechanisms and end the use of the ten-year rolling average to drive fire budgeting and end fire borrowing. (5) Restore USFS contributions to Joint Fire Science Program and return the JFSP line item to Wildfire Management. (6) Increase USFS R&D budget to no less than 10% of the total agency’s budget by FY2020, to meet urgent needs, e.g., climate change, ecological integrity, insects and disease through expanded research capacity. (7) Invest in social science research beyond rural sociology and economics to better understand how forests address human needs and values. (8) Continue research on forest products and technology that enhances energy efficiency, carbon sequestration, and community and rural vitality. (9) Move quickly to fill the many open R&D executive and national program lead positions.
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Payments to Non-Federal Members* Est Payments to Non-Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Members* Est. Payments to Fed Members Next FY* 
Payments to Federal Staff*$15,750.00Estimated Payments to Federal Staff*$31,000.00
Payments to Consultants* Est. Payments to Consultants Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Non-Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb Non-Fed Members nextFY*$30,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Members* Est Travel Reimb For Fed Members*$5,000.00
Travel Reimb. For Federal Staff* Est. Travel Reimb to Fed Staff Next FY* 
Travel Reimb. For Consultants* Est Travel Reimb to Consultants Next FY* 
Other Costs Est. Other Costs Next FY*$500.00
Total Costs$15,750.00Est. Total Next FY*$66,500.00
Federal Staff Support (FTE)*0.10Est. Fed Staff Support Next FY*0.20
Cost RemarksCosts reported for outreach efforts and general administrative duties.Est Cost RemarksExpenses estimated for in-person meetings (if it is an option) and general administrative costs.
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Interest Areas

Basic Science
Basic Sciences
Natural Resources
Research and Development


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Data from Previous Years

ActionCommittee System IDCommittee NameFiscal Year
 COM-036200Forestry Research Advisory Council2019
 COM-033515Forestry Research Advisory Council2018
 COM-001201Forestry Research Advisory Council2017
 COM-002477Forestry Research Advisory Council2016
 COM-003317Forestry Research Advisory Council2015
 COM-005186Forestry Research Advisory Council2014
 COM-006333Forestry Research Advisory Council2013
 COM-007311Forestry Research Advisory Council2012
 COM-008166Forestry Research Advisory Council2011
 COM-009489Forestry Research Advisory Council2010
 COM-009669Forestry Research Advisory Council2009
 COM-010559Forestry Research Advisory Council2008
 COM-012096Forestry Research Advisory Council2007
 COM-012397Forestry Research Advisory Council2006
 COM-013397Forestry Research Advisory Council2005
 COM-015159Forestry Research Advisory Council2004
 COM-015973Forestry Research Advisory Council2003
 COM-016405Forestry Research Advisory Council2002
 COM-017876Forestry Research Advisory Council2001
 COM-018479Forestry Research Advisory Council2000
 COM-019926Forestry Research Advisory Council1999
 COM-020215Forestry Research Advisory Council1998
 COM-021785Forestry Research Advisory Council1997